Following the Golden State Warriors’ final game of the regular season, Klay Thompson, fresh off of a 41-point outing,

was asked about his team’s opponent in the first round of this season’s playoffs: the Denver Nuggets.

Ernie Johnson of “Inside the NBA” pointed out that the Warriors had beaten the Nuggets just once in four tries this season

When asked what stock the Golden State guard put into that fact, Thompson seemed to brush it off.

“I mean it’s a clean slate now,” Thompson said. “Especially if we go into the playoffs whole,

it’s going to be a scary sight for the rest of the NBA.” This isn’t just a canned statement of optimism from someone entering the playoffs.

There’s a lot of truth to what Thompson said, especially in the second part of his response.

During the four games against the Nuggets this season, the Warriors were far from “whole”

as at least one member of Golden State’s core three stars (Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green) was missing,

with Green missing every one of those contests. Not only are all three expected to play in the postseason,

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